The quote I use most often is: “The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.” from author William Gibson. I just finished his latest book Zero History and it’s interesting how much this quote is taken to heart in this latest cycle of books (Patten Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History). Gibson started out as one of the authors to kick off the whole cyberpunk genre in the mid-80s. A near-future where technology is on the street and not in the flying cities and rocketships. Very Blade Runner.
Considering the “future” world of Neruomancer, published in 1984, didn’t even have cell phones the “today” world of Zero History is in some ways more technologically advanced, but it all takes place in the leading edge of today not some near future. Why write about “cyberspace” when wifi and the Google is everywhere? Cameras on every corner, telepresence aerial drones, hackers, image engineers, memory chips, it’s all here in 2010 even if Edward James Olmos doesn’t have a flying car or Molly Razorgirl doesn’t have implanted mirrorshades.
Gibson shows us that the future is here, and it makes for a damn fine story as well.